United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
Chairs: Lucy Choi and Franchesca Inay
Capital Punishment and the Death Penalty
The morality of the death penalty has long been a controversial issue throughout the international community, and continues to be hotly debated in the present day. Topics for debate include the extent to which capital punishment can be criticized in a sovereign territory, possible ways to reduce casualties from capital punishment throughout the world, increase accuracy of current testing measures to reduce probability of error, and whether or not a sovereign state should be allowed to implement the death penalty as an ethical means of punishment. The UNHRC will decide if the right to life is absolute, or if it is only granted by the individual state.
Strengthening Restrictions Against Child Labor in Syria
The dilemma of child labor is one of the most widespread and complex out of all international child protection problems. Many children, especially from impecunious families, are forced to work day and night to assist their family financially. A majority of the children work in dangerous and hazardous environments, particularly in construction and agriculture, and can be exposed to dangerous and heavy machinery leading to injury and death. Child labor is illegal in both Jordan and Lebanon, though such a policy has led only to an increase in an increase in arrests of such children instead of their employers, as well as an increase in child smuggling. The UNHRC looks for solutions to combat the issues of child labor in Syria should be thought out and developed.
Ethics of Israel's Governance of Palestine
Israel’s treatment of Palestine has consistently been an issue for the UNHRC, with nearly a quarter of country-specific resolutions made by the committee in the past decade relating to Israel. Claims made against Israel include using excessive force to control Palestinians on the borders of both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Palestine has also argued that past resolutions addressing the issue have not done enough to deter Israel from continuing these alleged abuses. Potential topics for debate include the degree to which it is acceptable for Israel to retaliate against Palestinian protesters and acts of terror by groups such as Hamas, as well as addressing ways to prevent the deaths of both Israeli and Palestinian citizens without impeding on the issue of national sovereignty.